Man City and Newcastle interested in Stoke defender Shawcross

Manchester City and Newcastle United are showing interest in Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross, according to the Daily Mail.

Shawcross has been at Stoke throughout their six years in the Premier League, and has been a consistent performer throughout that time, form which earned him an England cap against Sweden in November 2012, as well as numerous other call-ups to the national team squad.

This season, he helped the Potters to ninth, their highest ever Premier League finish, scoring one goal in 43 appearances in all competitions, and earned the club’s Player of the Year award.

Man City are looking to add some home-grown players for next season after their squad for next season’s Champions League was capped to 21 by UEFA, in punishment for their breaches of Financial Fair Play regulations.

After a poor end to this season, Newcastle are hoping to refresh their squad with some new faces and added quality, and they may see Shawcross as a long-term replacement for current captain Fabricio Coloccini, whose future has been the subject of uncertainty.

Stoke are unwilling to sell Shawcross, but a bid of £12m or more could tempt them into selling their long-serving centre-back.

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